My story

"I don't know it all, but I'm always looking for answers. Despite my constant pursuit, I'm also a firm believer in that learning paradox, 'The more we learn, the less we know.' Only God has infinite wisdom"
~ Adline Writes. 

With my son Amir :)
When I was little...
I dreamed of becoming a writer. I would grab bits of paper and write stuff down on them. Little did I know then that I would eventually make a living out of the words that poured out of my head. Growing up, I wasn't a particularly good or attentive student. I dreamed a lot and I couldn't really relate to other people. I liked reading and the only subject I excelled at was English. I was so academically disinclined that I resisted formal studying until one day, my mum gave me an ultimatum. She signed me up for a university course at an art school. I was adamant that I was going to hate it. In the first few weeks that I was there, I even tried to get thrown out! But boy... was I wrong. And my life would change forever (thank you mum, and sorry for the trouble I kept giving you).

Arty farty
While pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from 1997 to 2000, I discovered my love for visual arts, culture and history. Having experienced a lack of real ambition or self motivation for most of my life up till that point, I surprised myself by aspiring to become an art historian or curator some day. This was unusual, because all my friends wanted to become designers or artists. It was just as well, because although I can be quite creative in some ways, I'm largely useless with a paintbrush or pencil. While my classmates excelled at painting and drawing, I did not. I took printmaking as a major, and admittedly I wasn't very good at that either. But, thankfully, art school wasn't just for the artistically gifted. I was saved by my penchant for art history and well-written reports. 

Once during my student days, someone asked me what I wanted to be when I graduated. When I said "curator," he laughed, saying, "How many museums are there in Malaysia? Why would they hire you?" I was annoyed, but unperturbed. I achieved my ambition by becoming a curator at an art museum in 2001. I stayed with the museum for 12 years. I loved my job and learned a lot from it. I managed exhibitions and educational programmes, did a lot of research and writing, as well as worked on media relations, editing, translations and publications. During my time at the museum, I got married, gave birth to a son, took travelling exhibitions overseas, became a specialist in Islamic textiles and earned a Master’s Degree in Art and Design. I wrote my Masters' thesis on the Malay kain limar. I was in a practical sense, a career woman.

The writing bug
Back in 2005, a friend who was an accomplished writer, asked me to put together an article for a magazine. When the article got published, I got bitten by the writing bug, so I just kept going. Since then, I've published more than 200 magazine articles and hundreds more on various websites. As my skills developed and client base began to grow, I began offering copywriting, editing and translating services too.

Several years ago, I was interviewed by Personal Money
magazine about my freelancing.

Juggling act
For about 8 years, I juggled two jobs - I was a curator by day and a writer by night. Writing wasn’t just a creative outlet, it also helped me earn extra income for my family. However, working two jobs was hard, especially when I was doing my Master’s by research on a part-time basis and my son was just a toddler. I dreamt that someday, I would become a full-time writer, so that I could be more available to my family.

In the pursuit of downshifting
Much to my surprise, during the Holy month of Ramadan in 2013, that day arrived. I was 37 years old and I felt it was the right time for me to strike out on my own. Perhaps, having grown older and maybe a bit wiser, I desired nothing more than to take better care of my family and myself. It wasn't easy to leave behind a career that I had built for most of my adult life, as well as a stable pay check. Like other couples, we have our financial commitments and concerns. But, with lots of prayers and support from my family and close friends, I followed my heart, bit the bullet and became a WAHM (work at home mum).

I kept praying to God for a sign that this was the right thing to do. Then, not long after resigning, I found out that I was pregnant! I couldn’t have asked for a better “sign.” We had been hoping for child number two for many, many years. There would be a 10-year gap between my children.

Big brother excited by adline✿makes
Amir is super excited to
become a big brother. 

God's divine plan
Our baby was due on 18 June 2014, but in my 30th week of pregnancy, I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, which is a potentially life-threatening pregnancy complication. After a long stay at the hospital, I gave birth to our second son, Arif Rizqi, via emergency c-section on 30 April 2014. Arif was born prematurely at 33 weeks and weighed just 1.36 kg at birth. After staying at the Neonatal ICU for nearly a month, we were finally able to bring him home on 27 May 2014.

Holding Arif for the first time, when he reached 1.5kg :)

Autism: Our greatest adventure
On 12 October 2016, a day after my husband's 40th birthday, my little fighter Arif was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since then, we've embarked on what I like to call our greatest adventure yet. It is my hope that I will be able to do my best for both my sons.

Arif's autism diagnosis.

The circumstances surrounding the arrival my second child and his condition have taught me many valuable lessons, particularly in not taking things for granted. I now have a better appreciation of God’s divine plan and I place my faith in Him. What tomorrow holds for me I can never be certain, but one thing's for sure - I'll be putting words to good use :)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and reading my story. I hope you have a great day, take care!

Yours sincerely,
Adline A. Ghani a.k.a. Adline Writes

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